3 Ways to Help Those in Need this Thanksgiving (without Leaving Your Laptop)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it.

In case you’re feeling like you have a little extra to offer the world this Turkey Day, I’m going to share a few of my favorite charities and special causes with you.

If you’re not the type to roll up your sleeves and head down to the local shelter to physically help out, luckily there are people hard at work every day who can use our contributions.

Here are three ways you can give back from the comfort of your laptop:

charity: water

charity: water’s mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

Water is life’s most basic need, yet nearly 1 billion people in the world live without clean drinking water.

Here’s a quick video about why water is such an important cause:

(if you’re reading this in email, click here to watch the video)

Learn more about charity: water or find out how you can help here.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

It’s astonishing how big our homeless populations are in certain cities in the U.S. Over 650,000 people are homeless in America. Sadly those populations have grown during the recent recession.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that in the next three years homelessness in the United States could increase by 5 percent, or 74,000 people.

Click here to read the full State of Homelessness in America 2011 report or learn how you can help the National Alliance to End Homelessness.


Kiva works to alleviate poverty and empower people around the world by connecting entrepreneurs in developing nations with lenders who can help.

For as little as $25, you can participate in this “microlending” platform to create opportunity around the world.

Since 2005, Kiva has facilitated over $261 million in loans. 98.93% of loans are paid back, so you can use your loan to help others in need after you’re paid back.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to Field Partners, who administer the loans.

Making a loan on Kiva is incredibly simple. Find out how to make a loan or learn more about Kiva’s mission here.

What special causes and charities do you like to support to help people in need? Please share in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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